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Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – Walt Whitman

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May 31– Walt Whitman
Singer of the Body Electric. America’s finest poet.

MAY 31, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Ancient Rome: Ambarvalia, no work; plows and tools wreathed in flowers. Silent processions, incense, chanting of priests, animal sacrifices to Ceres, Bacchus and others. Urns of the dead decked in flowers, followed by wine and noisy feasting.

ALSO ON MAY 31 IN HISTORY…
1790 — First U.S. copyright law introduced.
1819 — American poet Walt Whitman born, Huntington, Long Island, New York.
1910 — Car carrying Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman struck by train, Spokane.
2005 — W. Mark Felt admits that he is Watergate source “Deep Throat.”

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — RANDOLPH BOURNE

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May 30– RANDOLPH BOURNE
Birth-injured Greenwich Village literary radical.
Read Randolph Bourne’s essay The State (1918)

MAY 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It Day.

ALSO ON MAY 30 IN HISTORY…
1431 — French military leader Joan of Arc burned at stake, Rouen, France.
1593 — British dramatist Christopher Marlowe killed in tavern brawl.
1778 — French philosopher, satirist Voltaire dies, Paris, France.
1783 — Pennsylvania Evening Post begins, first daily newspaper in U.S.
1814 — Anarchist theorist Mikhail Bakunin born, Prjamuchino, Russia.
1886 — Literary radical Randolph Bourne born, Bloomfield, New Jersey.
1903 — Black American poet Countee Cullen born, in either Louisville or Baltimore.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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